What does the word precarious mean?

Usage examples for precarious

  1. Ellen, said Mr. Walters, taking a seat by her; it's useless to disguise the fact that Ellis is in a precarious situation- how long he may be sick it is impossible to say; as soon as it is practicable, should he get better, we will bring him here. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  2. It might be thought that the position held in any community by persons so afflicted and eccentric as the Pagets would be very precarious. – Father and Son by Edmund Gosse
  3. Moreover, it does so without relying upon any precarious appeal to the direct testimony of consciousness itself. – Mind and Motion and Monism by George John Romanes